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5 Easy Drink Recipes for Cinco de Mayo

5 Easy Drink Recipes for Cinco de Mayo

Do you celebrate Cinco de Mayo? Quick little history lesson: The fifth of May was traditionally the celebration of the victory at the Battle of Puebla. Today, May 5th isn’t a huge deal in Mexico, but it’s still celebrated in Puebla.

Cinco de Mayo has become a fun spring tradition in the United States. It’s a day where we celebrate the culture, food, and drink of our neighbors to the south. 

So, to prepare, let’s talk about some killer summer drink recipes for Cinco de Mayo! Whether you like your drinks sweet, strong, or both, we have you covered.

1. Classic Margarita

You just can’t go wrong with a classic margarita. This crowd-pleaser is an easy go-to for Cinco de Mayo and pretty much any other occasion you can think of. 

A classic margarita is best served outdoors. Whether it’s on a porch, a patio, a rooftop, or the beach, drinking a margarita outside just elevates the entire experience, especially if you’re enjoying it in our ice-cold Saltini tumbler. (By the way, if you’re drinking a margarita on the beach, we’re SO jealous.)

Let’s talk specifics. Here’s what you’ll need to make  a classic margarita:

  • Saltini Tumbler
  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Blanco tequila (also known as silver tequila) - 2 oz
  • 2 limes 
  • Orange liqueur (triple sec) - 1½ oz 
  • Simple syrup - 2 tbsp 
  • Sea salt


  1. Start with adding ice to the Cocktail Shaker until it’s about a third of the way full.
  2. Next, cut your two limes in half, and then cut one of the four halves into wedges and set aside. Squeeze the juice from the remaining limes into the shaker. The limier the better! Get every last drop out of those limes.
  3. After the fresh lime juice, you will want to add two tablespoons of simple syrup to the shaker. When you go shopping for the ingredients, remember that you can personalize this step! You can use regular simple syrup, agave sweetener, or make your own simple syrup.
  4. It’s tequila time! Pour in two ounces of blanco tequila. If you aren’t drinking alcohol, then feel free to skip the tequila and triple sec and add in some sparkling water for a refreshing margarita-like spritzer.
  5. The last ingredient is orange liqueur, also known as triple sec. Pour 1.5 ounces of this into the mix.
  6. Now it’s time to SHAKE! Give the cocktail shaker a strong shake for about 20 seconds, and you’re in business.
  7. For the finishing touch, line the rim of your Saltini tumbler with a lime wedge. Pour a ring of sea salt onto a small plate and then dip the limed-up saltini rim into the ring of salt and there you have it - a salted saltini rim. Add ice to the saltini tumbler, pour your delicious margarita over the ice, add a lime wedge for garnish, and enjoy your drink!

2. Paloma

If you’re a fan of grapefruit, then you’ll love this easy Paloma recipe. A Paloma is light, refreshing, and fruity, and may just become your new Cinco De Mayo drink of choice. This recipe makes two Palomas.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 grapefruit
  • 1 lime
  • Sugar - 1 tbsp
  • Grapefruit juice - ½ cup
  • Blanco (silver) tequila - 3 oz
  • Club soda - ¼ cup


  1. First, cut your grapefruit into wedges and set aside. Then cut your lime in half.
  2. Second, set out two Saltini tumblers, and squeeze the juice of one half of a lime per glass.
  3. Then, add half a tablespoon of sugar to each glass and stir until the sugar dissolves.
  4. Next, fill both glasses up with ice, and add one shot of blanco tequila (1 and ½ ounces) to each glass. (Feel free to skip the tequila and add more club soda at the end if you want a mocktail version!)
  5. Finally, top off with grapefruit juice and club soda. Evenly split the half-cup of grapefruit juice and ¼ cup of club soda between the two glasses. 
  6. Stir, add a grapefruit wedge for garnish, and enjoy!

3. Mexican Mule

A Mexican mule is basically tequila’s answer to a Moscow mule. Whereas a Moscow mule is vodka, lime juice, and ginger beer, a Mexican mule is tequila, lime juice, and ginger beer. 

It’s a fun twist on a refreshing summer drink, and you absolutely have to try it! It’s a super simple drink recipe for Cinco de Mayo that makes one Mexican mule.

Here’s what you’ll need to make it:

  • Blanco (silver) tequila - 2 oz
  • 1 lime
  • Ginger beer - 4 oz


  1. Start by cutting your lime in half. Cut one of the halves into wedges. Set wedges aside.
  2. Next, grab your Saltini tumbler and pour in two ounces of blanco tequila.
  3. Then, squeeze in the juice of one half of a lime. Make sure to get that last drop!
  4. After that, pour in four ounces of ginger beer. 
  5. Finally, add ice, stir, and garnish with a lime wedge. Cheers!

4. Tequila Sunrise

Ah, the tequila sunrise. A classic, fruity drink that makes you feel like you are waking up on a beach in Mexico (If waking up includes tequila!). 

This 1970s southern California classic is perfect for you if you don’t like to taste the tequila in your drink too much, but do want to know that it is in there. Don’t be fooled - this flavorful drink packs a punch! 

You’ll want to grab your tumbler from the wine cooler set for this one! This recipe makes one tequila sunrise.

Here’s what you’ll need to make it:

  • Wine cooler set tumbler
  • Blanco (silver) tequila - 2 oz
  • Orange juice - 4 oz
  • Grenadine - ¼ oz


  1. Start off by filling your tumbler with ice.
  2. After that, pour in two ounces of blanco tequila.
  3. Next, pour in four ounces of orange juice and stir.
  4. Finally, top with ¼ ounce of grenadine and let it sink to the bottom. Enjoy your tequila sunrise!

5. Chelada 

Last, but certainly not least, we have a classic chelada for the beer lovers. The name might sound fancy, but it is the easiest recipe on this list. 

A chelada is a Mexican-style lager beer with lime juice. That’s it! You’ll want to grab your 14 oz. cooler for this easy go-to drink.

Here’s what you’ll need to make it:

  • Cooler 14 oz
  • A bottle of Mexican lager, such as Corona
  • 1 lime


  1. Cut one lime into wedges. Set aside one wedge for garnish.
  2. Next, put your bottled Mexican lager of choice into your 14 oz cooler.
  3. Then, squeeze the juice of all but one lime wedge into the opening of the beer bottle.
  4. Finally, add one lime wedge to the top of your beer as a garnish. Enjoy!

Have fun trying out these easy drink recipes for Cinco de Mayo, and don’t forget to celebrate safely! Cheers!

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